It should go without saying that one of the simplest ways to find and old lost friend or relative is just to search for their name in the Facebook search field.Over the past few years, this is the way I’ve found people I hadn’t heard from for many years.
And that was an address I had for less than three months!
The reason this tool is so effective is because if you can identify specific addresses where someone has lived in the past, you can then visit that area, interview residents, and potentially learn more about the person you’re trying to track down than you ever imagined possible — possibly including where they live today!
Again, it’s much more effective when you include the general location (state) where the person lives. Sometimes tracking someone down requires a little bit more creativity than just typing the person’s name into a search engine.
Another approach is to rummage through the popular high school reunion website known as
Want to track someone down and you only have a photo of them? This site will turn the entire internet inside out for that same picture and it’ll show you if it was uploaded anywhere else.
The site uses an innovative image recognition technology that can match images based on the one you upload to the site.
One of the most surprising things I noticed about the results is that the address listings were insanely thorough.
When I searched for my name I discovered that this website has an accurate record of every single address I’ve had going all the way back to my first internship at Princeton, over 20 years ago.
Still, that information can be extremely helpful when you’re trying to learn more about a person.